The Ranch House (Barnstable)
Colleen Lucey (She/her/hers)
Hello! My name is Colleen, I am 23 years old and I am from Derry, New Hampshire. I recently just graduated from Stonehill College with a Psychology major and Environmental Science minor. From a young age, I have always valued my time spent outdoors and have thought that the environment needs to be protected and valued. During my sophomore year of college, I took an introduction to Environmental Science course and from that point, I knew that I wanted to be involved in that field of study. Vacationing on the Cape with my family every summer and being able to study abroad in Maynooth, Ireland for a semester strengthened my love for nature and my desire to explore new areas of the world. Hearing about Americorps Cape Cod excited me as it entails everything I hoped to do with my career and love for nature, and I am beyond excited for the year to start!
Emily Ray (She/her/hers)
Hi! My name is Emily, and I’m a 22-year-old from Shelburne, Vermont! I just graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a joint major in Environmental Studies and Geography. At Middlebury, I threw discus and hammer on the track and field team, but I also love hiking, swimming, biking, rock climbing, and any other adventures. In the summer of 2019, I interned at NOAA Fisheries in St. Petersburg, Florida, working on a database of coral outplantings, in order to help coral restoration efforts. This summer, in 2020, I moved to Bellingham, Washington, but I ended up interning remotely at two organizations on the East Coast. I interned at Lake Champlain Basin Program in Vermont, working on a data inventory for Environmental Sensitivity Index Maps, which show at-risk resources along the shoreline, helping emergency responders in case of an oil spill. I also interned at Dennis Conservation Land Trust, working on some trail maps and articles for the fall newsletter. This internship prompted my interest in AmeriCorps Cape Cod. I am thrilled to be coming to Cape Cod and to actually see Dennis and the rest of Barnstable County! I have never been to Cape Cod, but I know that I love coastal environments so I’m excited to come and explore!
Marta Springer (She/Her/Hers)
To quote the timeless film The Sound of Music, “I’m Marta, and I’m going to be seven on Tuesday, and I’d like a pink parasol.” Ok, so only the very first part of that statement is true, and at age seven I was more likely to wish for a water gun than for anything pink, but that didn’t stop younger me from trying to relate to the first other ‘Marta’ I encountered. In reality, I’m a 23 year-old from south central Minnesota who grew up on a hobby farm and have always loved spending time outside. I graduated from Luther College in Iowa in 2019 where I majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Psychology. I served a summer AmeriCorps term at a nature-based outdoor camp for kids in Duluth, MN right after college and soaked in all the North Shore hiking, biking, and adventuring I could find time for. I also enjoy singing, reading, running, and have a soft spot for musicals (as the intro to this bio surely indicates). AmeriCorps Cape Cod will be my first time living outside of the Midwest and I am excited for the new experiences, environmental learning, and service opportunities that await me there!
Kaitlyn Henderson (She/ Her/ Hers)
I’m Kaitlyn Henderson. I am 20 y/o and am from South Carolina. I have always enjoyed outdoor activities. In 2019, I joined AmeriCorps NCCC and got the opportunity to work with Table Rock State Park in Missouri. I learned a lot from my experience including my desire to work at a state/national park. I want to gain first-hand experience before returning to school. In addition, I love animals and music. My life goal is to have corgi, dachshund, and a basset hound. Regarding music, I enjoy most genres of music and I play a couple instruments.
The Pocasset House (Bourne)
Mattea Powers (She/Her/Hers)
Hello! My name is Mattea Powers and I am 22 years old. I grew up in the Skowhegan, Maine area and currently reside in Kingfield, Maine. I graduated in May 2020 from Plymouth State University (PSU) in Plymouth, New Hampshire with a BS in Environmental Science & Policy, and a certificate in GIS. At PSU, I was involved in a number of environmental related clubs and committees and my most recent achievement within one was to have PSU become the first Bee Campus USA affiliate in the state of New Hampshire. Growing up in Maine and going to college in New Hampshire, I am always outdoors hiking, fishing, hunting, downhill skiing and XC skiing, and camping.
Last summer, I interned at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts. The project I worked on, Advancing Wildlands and Woodlands through Collaborative Conservation, focused on using GIS to study the changes with conservation, recent landcover, and population along with possible changes in the future to identify areas that are best for forests, farms and development. During this, I also attended the Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE). This summer, I interned at Shenandoah National Park as a fisheries monitoring member. This included electrofishing ~55 streams and rivers to monitor fish populations and take various habitat and water quality measurements. I also spent time volunteering for Bear Management to educate visitors about bear conflicts and patrolling areas of the park for nuisance black bears. I am thrilled to be part of AmeriCorps Cape Cod to further my passion for working within environment!
Ally McNeil (She/Her/Hers)
Hi everyone! My name is Ally McNeil and I am 22 years old and I am from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts! I graduated from James Madison University in Virginia with a degree in Geographic Science and a concentration in Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, and Development. I was a competitive gymnast my whole entire life so I definitely bring my determination and stubbornness to be great to the table! My love for the outdoors stems from all my years of going camping with my family all across New England! Going to school in Virginia made me appreciate New England and Massachusetts a lot more so I wanted to come back here and make a difference in the community I grew up in! I feel it is very important to strengthen the relationship between the citizens of our community and our environment so we can all better understand how to protect and conserve the beauty that surrounds us! I am so excited to be able to experience life on the Cape and see how much of a difference in the community we can make! I am looking forward to doing what I love and that is being outside and making a positive difference!
Alaina Irvine (They/Them/Theirs)
My name is Alaina Irvine, and I’m a current Chemical Engineering undergraduate at the University of North Dakota. I grew up in Southern California and moved to Santa Cruz for college. I found the California life a bit too crowded for me, so I decided to halt my education to join AmeriCorps NCCC. I spent my time at the Southwest Branch in Denver, Colorado before I discovered AmeriCorps Cape Cod which had a focus on environmental work that I had been excited to pursue in NCCC. I enjoy activities that allow me to explore the environment away from civilization such as camping. Aerial Arts are a passion of mine. I ultimately hope to end up in New Zealand where I can focus on environmental work close to my sister.
Nicole Westfall (She/Her/Hers)
My name is Nicole and I’m 23 years old! I come from Wakefield in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and I graduated in 2019 from the University of New Hampshire with my bachelor’s in psychology. My first job in high school was with a local watershed alliance where we provided landscaping work to protect the lakes from soil erosion; that job is really what sparked my interest in working outdoors. Conservation is a big priority for me and I have been eagerly searching for a way I can directly help to protect our environment. I’ve only visited the Cape once, but it soon became one of my favorite places which is why I am so excited about being a part of AmeriCorps Cape Cod. I’m looking forward to hiking the trails and exploring the endless beaches along the Cape. My other interests include music, reading, window shopping, playing with my dogs, doing crossword puzzles, skiing, and hanging out with my friends. My overall goal for this experience is to push myself out of my comfort zone and take advantages of opportunities in the Cape I normally wouldn’t have!